Shimla Tourism and Travel Guide

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shimla tourism and travel guide

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Shimla is the present capital of Himachal Pradesh, which is situated in the northwestern part of the Himalayan Mountain Range and is surrounded by pine, deodar, oak, and rhododendron forests. It has grand old buildings, stately Viceregal Lodges, charming iron lamp posts, regal bakeries and coffee houses that make Shimla one of the top tourist destinations in India. This picturesque city is very much different from other hill stations as it has the most happening Mall road, which comprises a number of restaurants, clubs, bars, shops, bakeries, etc. The city also plays host to the historic toy train that links Kalka with Shimla through 105 tunnels and many beautiful rail & road stations.

Shimla is also close to other nearby tourist destinations such as Naldehra, Chail, Kufri and Summer Hill. Some of the popular tourist attractions in Shimla are Christ Church, Sankat Mochan, Jakhoo temple, The Ridge of Shimla, The Mall Road, Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, and Himachal State Museum. Everything in this beautiful town has a unique charm and appeal that never fails to impress even the most demanding tourists visiting Shimla.

Right from regal buildings to eateries to shopping centers to hotels to scenic locations and snowy hills, everything about holidaying in Shimla is unique and astonishing. So, plan your trip to Shimla and experience an exhilarating journey all by yourself.


Best Time To Visit

Shimla is the capital city of Himachal Pradesh and is also popularly known as the queen of hill stations. Lakhs of tourists not only from India but from around the world, visit Shimla all throughout the year. There are various adventure activities like skiing, paragliding, trekking and other adventure sports that one can do in Shimla. The best time to visit Shimla with family is the summer season when daytime temperatures are pleasant and outdoor adventures are plenty. The best season to visit Shimla for snow is the winter season, which is between November and February. Snowfall season in Shimla begins in late December and lasts through February.

One of the major attractions in Shimla is the Mall road. It is one of the prime locations in Shimla. Tourists can enjoy a walk on the Mall Road in Shimla. Mall Road is a commercial area in Shimla and has many shops. These shops have various traditional produce, handicraft items, and other useful stuff.

Best time to visit Shimla for honeymoon is from March to June. Many honeymooners come to Shimla during this time. Also, one must make sure to make the hotel bookings well in advance during this period, as all the hotels and resorts are bustling with tourists during this period of the year.


Climate

Summer Season in Shimla

This is the best time to go to Shimla. The weather during this period in Shimla is pleasant. This is the peak season as most of the tourists visit Shimla during this period only. During this period, the average temperature in Shimla varies from 15 to 22 degrees celsius. People should carry light woolen clothes with them, if they visiting Shimla during this time.

Monsoon Season in Shimla

There are a lot of landslides and rainfall during this period in Shimla. So, not many tourists prefer to visit Shimla during this period. This is a lean period for tourism in Shimla and the hotel rates drop tremendously during this period.

Winter Season in Shimla

This is also a peak season for tourism in Shimla. It is the perfect time for people who like to enjoy the snowfall. As this is the winter season, so it snows heavily here. Every year, honeymooners and families gather in the winter season to witness snowfall in Shimla. The entire landscape of this region turns white due to snow in the winter season. Tourists can enjoy snow adventure sports like skiing in Shimla during this period. December is the best month to visit Shimla to enjoy skiing and skating.


How To Reach

For those wondering how to reach Shimla, taking a direct AC bus or Volvo from Delhi or Chandigarh is the best option to travel. One can reach Delhi or Chandigarh by train or by flight as per their convenience. The distance from Delhi to Shimla is about 342 km while Chandigarh is only 4 hours away by road.

Shimla is one one of the most popular hill stations in India. Tourists not only from India, but from around the world visit Shimla. Shimla is located at an altitude of 2274 metres above the sea level. With such a large number of tourists visiting Shimla every year, it becomes immensely important to get an insight into how to reach Shimla.

Let us now look briefly how one can reach Shimla by the various modes of transport available.

By Air

The nearest airport from Shimla is in Jubbarhatti and it is located at a distance of 22 km from the main city. Delhi (DEL) to Shimla (SLV) flight is operated by Alliance Air and it takes about 90 minutes to travel by flight. There are flights connecting Jubbarhatti to New Delhi, Kullu, Chandigarh on a daily basis. Many shared cabs are available from Jubbarhatti airport to Shimla.

By Train

The best way to travel to Shimla is by train. The trains run on the track connecting Shimla to Kalka. This 96 kilometer long railway track offers a magical train ride through 102 tunnels, 87 bridges, sharp curves, gradients and spectacular views of the Himalayas. For the construction of this track engineers and construction workers took great risks. No wonder this narrow gauge track was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

It takes around 5 hours to reach Shimla from Kalka by train. You can reach Kalka from all major cities of India. Trains start plying from 4 am onwards from Kalka station and offer chair car seating. Breakfast is provided by some trains, though it is advisable to order your breakfast when you buy your ticket. You can buy tickets by booking online. Some of the trains are Shivalik Deluxe Express, Shivalik Express (also called the toy train), Rail Motor, Himalayan Queen and Holiday Trains. Holiday trains run only during tourist seasons.

By Road

These are some popular routes to reach Shimla by Road. These undulating mountain roads to Shimla also provide an enchanting experience as the train journey does. Shimla “capital of Himachal Pradesh ” is well connected by road with neighbouring states like Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal, and Punjab.

  • The city nearest to Shimla is Kalka (80 km away)
  • Chandigarh connects to Shimla through the NH-22 (119 km away)
  • The national capital of Delhi is 370 km away

Several state and private run buses can be boarded from bus stations of the various cities and towns around Shimla. They charge according to the distance and comfort offered. The most comfortable buses are Volvos. They are air-conditioned and provide television screens with a CD/DVD player for entertainment. You can also select lower priced deluxe buses, other air conditioned buses, JNNURM buses and ordinary buses.


Best Places To Visit

1. The Ridge of Shimla

The Ridge of Shimla is known for organizing several government functions and fairs. It is the key venue for all the major events as well as celebrations that take place here in Shimla. Summer Festival that is the most famous festival is held here at the Ridge.

Suggested length of visit: All day
Timing:
 all days of the week.
Location:
 The Ridge of Shimla is an extremely famous tourist attraction that is set in the heart of Shimla. It is situated along the Mall Road that is the famous shopping centre of Shimla. 
Cost:
 Free of cost.
Distance from Shimla bus stand:
 Around 6 KM.

02. Kufri

Kufri is known for its tranquil surroundings, breathtaking views as well as distinct stunning locales, it is known as one of the best places to visit in Shimla. Kufri is popular as the Switzerland of the East.

The beauty of the Kufri hill will definitely entice all. It is ideal for adventure activities in Shimla which includes skiing and hiking that definitely must be tried at least once when you visit Kufri. Snow-clad hills of Kufri make it the hotspot for trying your hand at skiing.

Suggested length of visit: All day
Timing:
 all days of the week.
Location:
 Kufri is located about 19 kilometres from Shimla and can be reached easily from Shimla. 
Cost:
 Free of cost.
Distance from Shimla bus stand:
 Around 19 KM

03. Green Valley

Green Valley is truly one of the most famous Shimla tourist places and photography points in Shimla. Seen as the popular shooting spot in different Bollywood movies, the Green Valley brings forth endless beauty. Noted for its elite beauty, Green Valley has been mentioned in a number of articles and travel books.

Suggested length of visit: An hour is enough.
Timing:
 6 AM to 6 PM
Location:
 Located near Kufri at Shimla, the Green Valley is surrounded by the verdant hills.
Cost:
 Free of cost.
Distance from Shimla bus stand:
 Around 8 KM.

04. Hike to Jakhoo Hill

The highest peak in the region, Jakhoo Hill attracts both religious tourists and adventure lovers. Home to the famous Hanuman Temple, Jakhoo Temple, a 45-minute hike is the best way to reach the top. Legend has it that Lord Hanuman rested here during his journey to get the Sanjeevani booti.

But even if you don’t believe in legends, this is the ideal spot to get a panoramic view of the city and the surrounding hills. The 108-feet Hanuman statue is a sight to behold.

Location: Jaku, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh – 171001
Price:
 No entry fee
Timings:
 6 am to 11 am and 4 pm to 8 pm (All seven days)
Best time to visit:
 March to June

05. Chail

Chail is the ultimate place for setting up summer camps in a snow-clad town. It is a small hill slope in Shimla that was built solely for the purpose of helping people escape from summer heats. And eventually, the place turned out to be one of the best places to visit in Shimla.

In fact, it’s a resort that offers people exposure to the spectacular deodar forests scattered all around the hilly slope. While deodar is the common tree found in this region, you can also find pine and fir forests complementing the majestic beauty of forests in the hilly region.

Suggested length of visit: A day.
Timing:
 All day.
Location: 
Chail has located 45 KM away from Shimla, at the foothills of Himalayan ranges.
Cost:
 Free of cost
Distance from Shimla bus stand:
 Around 45 KM.

06. Kiala Forest

The perfect destination for nature lovers, wildlife enthusiasts and adventure sports lovers, Kiala Forest gives you dense vegetation and varied wildlife. Enjoy a panoramic view of the city or capture unforgettable moments in the wilderness, you will never be disappointed.

The best way to explore this reserve forest is on foot so if you have luggage with you, feel free to use the locker facility available. A little away from the main city, this is the perfect getaway from the busy crowds, right into nature’s lap. You are advised to carry snacks and water.

Location: Kotkhai, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh – 171202
Price:
 No entry fee
Timings:
 Open at all time
Best time to visit:
 March to October

07. Himalayan Bird Park

Himalayan Bird Park is one of the most visited Shimla tourist places by the bird watchers and photographers. While Shimla is a blissful town, its beauty is enhanced by the wide variety of wildlife thriving in the hilly slopes and forests. The Himalayan bird park is one such place where you can find a wide variety of birds which you mightn’t have seen anywhere before.

The park has exclusive as well as endangered species of birds. And to support their life, the park features soothing and calm trees, flora and fauna. Some of the common bird species such as Himalayan monals, peacocks, pheasants, etc. are the main reason for attracting tourists in the bird park.

Suggested length of visit: An hour is enough.
Timing:
 10 AM to 6 PM 
Location:
 The Himalayan Bird is located near to the Vice-Regal Lodge in central Shimla.
Cost:
 Free of cost.
Distance from Shimla bus stand:
 Around 2 KM.

08. Christ Church

Christ Church is one of the popular attractions among tourists and is considered in the top ten lists of places to visit in Shimla. The Christ Church is an excellent architectural monument built in the British era so that the then followers of Christianity could serve almighty Jesus.

This monument is perfect for the people who want to get a taste of religious Christianity from the colonial time. The church was built in such a way that it would portray faith, hope, humanity, patience, fortitude, and charity to make people aware of the rich Christian culture. Located amidst majestic locations and spectacular landscapes, this place is worth giving a try.
Suggested length of visit: An hour is enough.
Timing:
 8 AM to 6 PM
Location: 
Hotel Ridge View, Ridge To US Club, Lakkar Bazar, Shimla
Cost:
 Free of cost.
Distance from Shimla bus stand:
 Around 6 KM.

09. Viceregal Lodge

Viceregal Lodge is the most beautiful and the historically significant building of Shimla. It is architecturally rich and accounts for a good half-day excursion. Known to be the summer residence of Indian Viceroy who was the British Raj leader between 1888 until 1946, the Viceroy has taken several significant decisions in this Lodge.
Suggested length of visit: An hour is enough.
Timing:
 All day.
Location: 
The Viceregal Lodge is located some 2km west of Shimla on the summit of Observatory Hill
Cost:
 Entrance fee to the Lodge is 20 Rs.
Distance from Shimla bus stand:
 Around 2 KM.

10. Take a Walk in Kuthar Fort

Kuthar Fort is placed in the undying serenity of the Himalayas and is one of the best places to visit in Shimla to get into history. The fort spans an area of about 52.8 square kilometres and is located in the middle of the exotic background, pools as well as the beautiful gardens.
Suggested length of visit: An hour is enough.
Timing:
 8 AM to 6 PM
Location:
 Kuthar Fort is located at a small distance from both Arki and Subathu.
Cost:
 INR 5 per person for Children
INR 10 per person for Adults
INR 100 per person for Foreigners
Distance from Shimla bus stand:
 Around 2 KM.

11. Annandale

Annandale is a flat terrain in Shimla that has been developed as the playground of the city. The ground is used to play cricket. Several other sports like Golf and Polo are also played here. Picnics too are organized here. Also, you can enjoy many adventurous and fun things to do in Shimla here.

The ground here is famous since British rule. Britishers used to play sports like racing, cricket, and polo here. Entertainment activities too were organized during these times.
Suggested length of visit: Around 1 to 2 hours.
Timing:
 10 AM to 5 PM on all days of the week except Monday. Monday closed.
Location:
 Near Ridge Shimla
Cost:
 Free of cost.
Distance from Shimla bus stand:
 Around 3 KM

12. Johnnie’s Wax Museum

A recent addition to tourist attractions in Shimla, the museum was inaugurated in 2016. Currently housing 16 life size statues of popular personalities from fields on movies, sports and politics, the statues are made at the famous Madame Tussauds in London.

You can also get a wax replica of your hand at an additional nominal cost. Put this on your ‘things to do in Shimla’ list and get ready to meet Harry Potter, Barack Obama, Tony Stark and Amir Khan amongst others.

Location:
 Near Willow Bank, 2, Mall Road, The Mall, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh – 171001
Price:
 INR 250 per person
Timings:
 10 am to 10 pm (All seven days)
Best time to visit:
 All year round

13. Summer Hill

Part of the seven hills that form Shimla, the view from Summer Hill is one of those that you will never forget. Also known as Potter’s Hill, during winter, the hill is covered in pure white snow, and refreshingly pleasant during summers, making it the perfect escape from bustling city crowds.

In the past Summer Hill has hosted Mahatma Gandhi at the Georgian mansion of Rajkumari Amrit Kaur. Today, it is home to the famous painter, Amrita Shergil. The Himachal Pradesh University is also located here and provides students the ideal location for concentrated studies.
Location: 5 km from The Ridge
Price:
 No entry fee
Timings:
 Open at all time
Best time to visit:
 All year round

14. Experience the Ride on Toy Train

With gorgeous views of pine covered hills, this five-hour train ride should be on your ‘things to do in Shimla’ list. A 96 kilometres run, this journey will take you through 20 stations, 103 tunnels, 800 bridges and about 900 breath-taking curves.

The distance between Barog and Shimla is the most amazing part of this journey when the train slows down due to a steep climb, giving you the opportunity to witness some mesmerising scenes. Advance booking is recommended.
Location: Kalka-Shimla-Kalka
Price:
 INR 65 to INR 500
Timings:
 5.10 am, 5.30 am, 6 am and 12.10 pm (From Kalka); 10.30 am, 4.25 pm, 5.40 pm and 6.15 pm (From Shimla)
Best time to visit:
 All year round

15. Chadwick Waterfall

Located in the Glen Forests, Chadwick Waterfall is a popular tourist site in Shimla. Flowing from a height of 1586 meters, the falls are surrounded by pine and deodars, and carries the chilled water of the Himalayas. You can trek to the falls from Summer Hill or simply take a vehicle.

Either way, the scenery is unforgettable. It is also a preferred spot for picnics and day camps, and a water spot for the local wildlife. So, unless you wish to meet a leopard, it is advisable to head back before sundown.
Location: New Summer Hill, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh – 171005
Price:
 No entry fee
Timings:
 Open at all time
Best time to visit:
 July to October

16. Shaily Peak

Shaily Peak is formed by the lush green forests and the lofty Himalayas that makes it exceptionally magnificent.
Suggested length of visit: Around 4 to 5 hours.
Timing:
 All days of the week.
Location:
 Naldehra.
Cost:
 Free of cost.
Distance from Shimla bus stand:
 Around 23 KM

17. Shimla State Museum

Shimla State Museum is housed in an old Victorian mansion. It has been designed carefully to adapt it to the museum.
Suggested length of visit: Around 1 to 2 hours.
Timing:
 10 AM to 5 PM on all days of the week.
Location:
 The museum is set on a lonely hilltop known as ‘Inveram.’ 
Cost:
 The entry fee for the Indians is 20 INR and for the foreigners is 100 INR. Fee on camera is also levied. Indians will have up to 50 INR surplus for carrying the camera and the foreigners will have to pay 100 INR surplus for carrying a camera. Research scholars too will have to pay 100 INR for carrying a camera.
Distance from Shimla bus stand: Around 2 KM

18. Kali Bari Temple

Kali Bari Temple is a very popular tourist attraction that is situated at a strategically planned location. Built in the year 1845, the temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali who is also known as Shyamala. From the Goddess Shyamala, the capital of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla gets its name.
Suggested length of visit: Around 1 to 2 hours.
Timing:
 7 AM to 6 PM on all days of the week.
Location: 
The temple is located at the Kali Bari Road, Shimla.
Cost:
 Entry to the temple is free.
Distance from Shimla bus stand:
 Around 5 KM

19. Manjathal Sanctuary

Manjathal Sanctuary is famous for its rich wildlife as well as the vivid flora. Rich biodiversity of the Manjathal Sanctuary is a paradise for all the wildlife enthusiasts. In order to preserve the natural beauty of the place, there are no resorts or hotels constructed here in this region. It is an exciting place for kids since they can enjoy camping here.
Suggested length of visit: Around 1 to 2 hours.
Timing:
 9 AM to 6 PM on all days of the week.
Location:
 Shimla-Bilaspur Highway at Solan district (Shimla).
Cost:
 Free of cost.
Distance from Shimla bus stand:
 Around 76 KM

20. Cycling in Shimla Water Catchment Wildlife Sanctuary

Known for its natural beauty and vast landscapes, Shimla Water Catchment Wildlife Sanctuary is a must-visit. If you want to relax in the green surroundings then hiking or cycling through the sanctuary must be on your list of things to do in Shimla.

A prior permission from the Department of Wildlife is required. Once you manage that, get ready to meet foxes, eagles or even leopards.
Location: NH 22, Charabra Mashobra, Himachal Pradesh – 171012
Price:
 INR 200 per vehicle. Cycles can also be hired at the sanctuary for a nominal price
Timings:
 10 am to 1 pm and 2 pm to 4 pm (Tuesday to Sunday). Closed on Mondays
Best time to visit:
 October – November

21. Mall Road

Mall roads in the hill stations are generally a stretch of any road bordered with a number of small stalls, shops, and branded showrooms. Mall road in Shimla is one of the vibrant lanes for enjoying a range of shopping options, eateries, food stalls, cafes and bank ATMs and money exchange portals to meet certain necessities.
Suggested length of visit: An hour is enough.
Timing:
 All day.
Location:
 Located at a distance of 6 KM from Shimla bus stand.
Entry fee:
 Free of cost.
Distance from Shimla bus stand:
 Around 6 KM.

22. Tara Devi Temple

It is one of the renowned and religious places to visit in Shimla. It is situated around 20 minutes drive from Shimla on the Kalka-Shimla highway. Perched atop a hilltop near Shimla, this temple is dedicated to Goddess Tara and highly revered by people who come to visit Shimla and the local dwellers.
Suggested length of visit: Around 1 to 2 hours.
Timing: 7 AM to 6 PM on all days of the week.
Location: NH.22, Kachi Ghati, Bagh, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171001
Cost: Free of cost.
Distance from Shimla bus stand: Around 17 KM

23. Naggar Castle

The view from the castle’s balcony is a sight to behold. Naggar is situated by the bank of river Beas and the castle is situated at a height from where you can witness uninterrupted views of the lush green valley and the mountains.

Suggested length of visit: Around 2 to 3 hours.
Timing: 7 AM to 10:30 PM on all days of the week.
Location: Naggar, Manali, Manali Tehsil, India
Cost: INR 15 per person.
Distance from Shimla bus stand: 230 KM

24. Lakkar Bazaar

This is a very famous name and an old flea marketplace that is situated near the Ridge in Shimla. It is famous for wooden toys, walking sticks, Regal building, Roller skating hall, Indian snacks like Aloo Tikki and Chole Bhature, Meena Bazaar etc. It is one of the famous markets of Shimla and caters to the needs of everyone.

Suggested length of visit: Around 1 to 2 hours.
Timing: 9 AM to 7 PM on all days of the week.
Location: Lakkar Bazaar Road, Shimla 171001, India
Cost: Free of entry cost.
Distance from Shimla bus stand: Around 2.5 KM

25. Gurudwara Sahib

This gurdwara dates back to the year 1907 and is situated at Padhawa hills. This is one of the highly visited Shimla tourists places, the interiors and the details are very finely carved on the outer as well as the inner walls of the Gurdwara and the devotees who come to visit this place have very strong faith in the spiritual power that the place emits.

Suggested length of visit: 30 minutes to an hour.
Timing: 4:30 AM to 9:30 PM on all days of the week.
Location: Court Road, Paonta Sahib, Himachal Pradesh 173025, India
Cost: Free of cost.
Distance from Shimla bus stand: Around 177 KM.

26. Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex

This huge complex is a popular monument which is situated in the middle of the busy lanes of the Mall road. The architecture of the complex is a Victorian Gothic style like the many other neo-Gothic buildings in Shimla. The theatre is designed by Sir Henry Irwin and is one of the oldest complexes in the state.
Suggested length of visit: 2 hours.
Timing: 9 AM to 5 PM.
Location: The Mall, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, 171001, India
Cost: INR 10 for Indians; INR 25 for foreign nationals.
Distance from Shimla bus stand: 1.5 KM.

27. Gorton Castle

Gorton castle was established in the year 1904 and it adds to the charm of the ‘Summer capital of India.’ This is another gothic styled architectural marvel designed by the renowned architect of that era Sir Swinton Jacob.

The interesting part of the design is the “Rajasthani Jallis” carved on the balconies of the castle. It is a three storey testament housing 125 rooms of different sizes.

Suggested length of visit: Around 45 minutes.
Timing: 9 AM to 5 PM on all days of the week.
Location: Mall Rd, Nabha, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171003
Cost: Free of entry charge.
Distance from Shimla bus stand: Around 1.1 KM

28. Sankat Mochan Temple

Sankat Mochan Temple in Shimla is the second most famous religious place after Jakhu temple. This temple is situated around 8 KM from Shimla and was established in the year 1950.

The temple is dedicated to Lord Rama, Lord Shiva, and Hanuman and is one of the places to visit in Shimla for nirvana seekers.

Suggested length of visit: An hour and a half.
Timing: 6:30 to 8 PM in summers and 7 AM to 6:30 PM in winters.
Entry fee: free of cost.
Location: Bagh, Taradevi, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, 171010, India
Distance from Shimla bus stand: 8 KM

29. Bantony Castle

This heritage site is located on the Bantony hill and is included as part of the Shimla heritage walk for tourists. The estate comprises of Bantony Castle and Bantony cottage. It is surrounded by sprawling lawns and is entirely constructed out of woods.

The location of Bantony estate is one of the best parts of the heritage walk. The government has recently purchased this property from the owners to revamp it.
Suggested length of visit: Less than an hour.
Timing: 24 hours
Location: Kali Bari Rd, The Mall, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171001
Cost: No entry fee.
Distance from Shimla bus stand: Around 800 meters.

30. Himalayan Nature Park

Most of the Himalayan Park sections are declared as sanctuaries, national parks and reserves for the rich flora and fauna which dwell here. The park is truly a retreat for nature-lovers and many activities like trekking, picnic, day hikes etc can be carried out in the forests.

It is located at Kufri and has an undisturbed biodiversity. You can find orchids, primula, balsam, deodar, oaks etc and animals like Musk deer, barking deer, Sambar deer, Hangal Goral etc.
Suggested length of visit: half a day or an entire day.
Timing: 9 AM to 6:30 PM on all days of the week except Tuesday.
Location: Kandaghat-Chail-Kufri Road, Kufri, Himachal Pradesh 171012
Cost: INR 20
Distance from Shimla bus stand: Around 17 KM.

31. St. Michael’s Cathedral Catholic Church

This church dates back to the Victorian era around the year 1886. The interiors display the fine touch of French-gothic style and can accommodate around 400 worshipers in the main hall.

It is an important landmark and one of the significant places to visit in Shimla if you are keen on seeing the marvels of Neo-Gothic architecture.
Suggested length of visit: An hour.
Timing: Daily mass 6:45 AM, Friday mass 6 PM and Sunday mass 10:30 AM
Location: Heritage Building, Ram Bazar, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171003
Cost: entry is free of cost.
Distance from Shimla bus stand: Around 500 meters.

32. Army Heritage Museum

This heritage museum is a part of Annandale and is located near the Ridge. Your Shimla trip is incomplete without spending a picnic around this spot. It displays a range of collectibles which are mostly associated with the Indian Army.

You will find life histories of great Indian warriors, old weapons, and ammunition, all kept and preserved well cases.
Suggested length of visit: An hour.
Timing: 10 AM to 2 PM and 3 PM to 5 PM on all days of the week.
Location: Annandale Rd, Annandale, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, 171003, India
Cost: Free of cost.
Distance from Shimla bus stand: Around 3 KM.

33. Indian Institute of Advanced Study

It houses photographs of moments of interaction between Indian leaders and Britishers. It once was the summer home to the Viceroy of India at that time. Take a guided tour of the galleries of Indian Institute of Advanced Study and come across historical events like Shimla conference etc in the form of photographs and stories.
Suggested length of visit: 1 hour.
Timing: 9 AM to 5:30 PM on all days of the week except Monday.
Location: Rashtrapati Nivas, Chaura Maidan, Near Birds Zoo, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171005
Cost: INR 20 for the garden visit, INR 40 per Indian and INR 85 per person (foreign national)
Distance from Shimla bus stand: Around 3 KM.

34. Kiala Forest

This forest has a calling for all the adventure junkies and sports enthusiasts. With rich wildlife and panoramic vistas around, Kiala forest is one of the offbeat places to visit in Shimla for encountering the wilderness of Himalayan jungles.

Kiala forest is a segment of  Kotkhai valley in Himachal Pradesh.
Suggested length of visit: 2 hours.
Timing: 24 hours
Location: Kotkhai, 171202, Himachal Pradesh, Shimla, India
Cost: entry is free of cost.
Distance from Shimla bus stand: Around 2 KM.

35. Kamna Devi Temple

Kaman Devi Temple is a very prestigious temple which is situated on the Prospect hill and can be accessed from Boileauganj on Shimla-Bilaspur road. The temple is around 6 KM from Shimla and is surrounded by picturesque meadows and valleys.

The temple is dedicated to Kamna Devi which is believed to be an incarnation of Goddess Kali.
Suggested length of visit: 1 hour.
Timing: 24 hours.
Location: Prospect Hill, Boileauganj, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171005
Cost: free of cost.
Distance from Shimla bus stand: Around 5 KM.

36. Rani Jhansi Park

Rani Jhansi Park is famous as the Ladies park and can be easily accessed from the mall road.  The park is suitable for day picnics, serves best as children playing ground. It has a huge statue of Rani Lakshmi Bai on her horse with her sword in the middle of the park.

The historical events related to Rani Lakshmi Bai is carved on granite that lays beside the statue.
Suggested length of visit: An hour
Timing: 24 hours.
LocationMall Rd, Lakkar Bazar, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171001
Cost: No entry cost.
Distance from Shimla bus stand: Less than a Kilometer.

37. Narkanda

Narkanda is a hilly town which is situated 60 KM along the highway running from Shimla to Kinnaur. It is nestled at an elevation of 8100 ft. The winding road leading to Narkanda from Shimla take around 2 hours to reach the destination.

The entire town can be witnessed from a small hill station named Fagu en route. Narkanda serves as a stopover for people traveling to the Spiti valley.
Suggested length of visit: A day or two.
Timing: 24 hours.
Location: Narkanda, Himachal Pradesh, India
Cost: Depends on your mode of transport.
Distance from Shimla bus stand: Around 62 Km.

38. Baba Bhalku Railway Museum

This museum is your best deal to gain knowledge on the reasons of construction of rail line in Shimla. There are several displays of machines and engines. Things like umbrellas, coats, and caps are exhibited in the museum which belongs to the time when the rail line was constructed and these were left in the waiting room.

You will come across many interesting stories related to this construction which was life-changing for the people of Shimla and around.
Suggested length of visit: An hour is enough.
Timing: 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM on all days of the week except Monday.
Location: Old Bus Stand, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171001, India
Cost: Free of cost.
Distance from Shimla bus stand: Around 47 KM.

39. Scandal Point

It is a major attraction on the westernmost tip of Shimla which falls between the mall road and the ridge at Shimla.  It lies right in the centre of the two busiest spots of Shimla and is difficult to overlook.

The place has a very interesting love story associated with its name involving the Maharaja of Patiala, Bhupinder Singh the then viceroy’s daughter.
Suggested length of visit: 2 hours.
Timing: 6 AM to 8 PM on all days of the week.
Location: Mall Road, Near Railway Building, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, 171001, India
Cost: No entry fee.
Distance from Shimla bus stand: Around 2 KM.

40. Shimla Reserve Forest Sanctuary

This reserve is around 11 KM from Shimla and is a hotspot for the nature lover. Tourists commonly spot barking deer, jackals, monkeys, bear, and leopards etc. You can find the best views of Himalayan peaks like Chota Shali, Deo Tibba, Bandar Poonch, Rakta Dhar and even the Pir Panjal ranges of Jammu and Kashmir from this forest reserve.

It is an amazing place for photographers as well.
Suggested length of visit:around 4 to 5 hours.
Timing: 9 AM to 6 PM on all days of the week.
Location: NH 22, Chharabra, Mashobra, Himachal Pradesh 171012
Cost: 25 per person, INR 10 for students with I-cards. INR 150 per Vehicle Charge, INR 100 for two-wheelers, INR 50 for Still Camera
Distance from Shimla bus stand:  15 Kms.

41. Skiing in Kufri

Shimla is a winter sports capital of India and a skier’s paradise. The snow-laden mountain slopes in Shimla are the perfect destination for people who love skiing. There are various skiing stretches in Shimla which is blanketed in white snow and Kufri is one of them.

Shimla is flocked with a tourist who enjoys winter sports for having the best slopes to roll down.
Suggested length of visit: 2 to 3 hours.
Timing: 9 AM to 6 PM on all days of the week.
Location: Shimla, India
Cost: Starts at INR 300 onwards.
Distance from Shimla bus stand: Skiing is best done in Kufri and the ski ground is located around 13 KM from Shimla Bus stand.

42. Tattapani

Tattapani is situated around 60 KM from Shimla and is one of the famous Shimla tourist places. Tattapani brims with options for a traveler like quaint temples, Himalayan caves, hot water springs, stunning trekking trails, suitable terrain and rivers to carry out activities like river rafting and rock climbing etc.

The place is blessed with the presence of Sutlej River which adds a different charm to the entire valley.
Suggested length of visit: 2 to 3 hours.
Timing: 7 AM to 6:30 PM on all days of the week.
Location: Tattapani | Karsog, Mandi, 175009, India
Cost: river rafting starts from INR 1500 per head.
Distance from Shimla bus stand: Around 51 KM.

43. Pabbar Valley

Pabbar valley is a little ahead of Shimla and can be accessed from Theog. The beauty of the valley lies in its meandering streams, lush green hills, and the pretty apple orchard belt. It has numerous trekking trails, some of which are unexplored and some of which are being taken up by many trekking companies.

The famous temple of Hatkoti is situated in this valley which attracts hordes of pilgrims during festivals.
Suggested length of visit: Half a day.
Timing: 6 AM to 6 PM on all days of the week.
Location: National Highway 22 By-Pass | Shimla District, Rohru 171207,
Cost: No entry cost.
Distance from Shimla bus stand: Around 3.2 KM.

44. Naldehra

This small scenic town in Himachal Pradesh is known for its 9 hole Golf course. If you feel like splurging on such skillful sport then Naldehra is the places for you. Tourist also explores the famous points of this quaint town on a pony or by walking.

The town is small and boasts of many verdant expanses of hills and vegetation.

Suggested length of visit: 2 hours minimum.
Timing: 8 AM to 6 PM on all days of the week.
Location: Post Office, Durgapur, Naldehra, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, 171007, India
Cost: No entry fee but playing starts from INR 1000 per person.
Distance from Shimla bus stand: Around 25 Kms.

45. Horse Riding in Shimla

Horse riding in Shimla is available at the ridge or in Kufri where you are taken to the Kufri Zoo, through mesmerizing Apple Orchard, dense forest of Hassan valley, Mahasu Peak etc.

You are taken to points from where you get an uninterrupted view of the Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar ranges.
Suggested length of visit: Depends on your itinerary and choice of hours.
Timing: 9 AM to 6 PM on all days of the week.
Location for horse riding: Shimla and Kufri.
Cost: Around 400 to 500 per half an hour.
Points covered: Apple orchard in Shimla, Kufri zoo, Kufri snow point etc.

46. Jakhu Ropeway

The ropeway covers a distance of 8 KM from the ridge that comes along the way to Jakhu Temple and reaches the temple in around 5 minutes. The introduction of ropeway in Shimla has made traveling easy for the once trying to climb to be at the prestigious Jakhu temple.

You get to ride the ropeway at 8054 feet above sea level which bestows some jaw-dropping views of the valley. The ropeway cabins are imported from Switzerland and it is the best way to traverse through some of the popular Shimla tourist places like Jakhu valley and Jakhu temple.
Suggested length of visit: Around 1 to 2 hours.
Timing: 9:30 AM to 7 PM on all days of the week.
Location: Jakhu, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171001, India
Cost: INR 250 for adults and INR 200 for children.
Distance from Shimla bus stand: Around 7 Kms.

47. Rothney Castle

Rothney castle was the house of A.O. Hume, who was a political reformer and a very knowledgeable ornithologist. This architectural marvel is situated on the Jakhu hills and is very near to the Jakhu temple in Shimla.

The house boasts of extraordinary sceneries and green landscapes and is one of the major Shimla tourist places.
Suggested length of visit: at least around 2 hours.
Timing: 24 hours.
Location: Sheeshe Wali Kothi, Jakhoo Rd, Lakkar Bazar, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171001, India
Cost: Entry is free.
Distance from Shimla bus stand: Around 8.5 Kms.

48. Prospect Hill

Prospect hill is dotted with green meadows, numerous water bodies, and stretches of lush green panoramic valley. Prospect Hill is one of the religious places to visit in Shimla as it holds a very strong significant among the tourists who believe in Goddess Kamna Devi.

The hill is shrouded with many stories of the Goddess and there is an ancient temple situated on the hills which are dedicated to Goddess Kamna Devi. If you are seeking a green escape, Prospect hill awaits your visit.

Suggested length of visit: An hour and a half.
Timing: 24 hours.
Location: Kamna Prospect Hill, Kamna Devi Temple Road, Chakkar, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171005, India
Cost: No entry cost.
Distance from Shimla bus stand: Around 4 KM.

49. Hawa Ghar

Hawa Ghar is one of the very interesting places to visit in Shimla as it serves as an open balcony to fascinating vistas of Shimla. It is located at the ridge in Lakkar Bazaar which has quite a height and that enables some breathtaking views of the valley to the tourists.

It is fondly called as the “Mall view balcony,” and is a hub for many activities in winters when the entire town is covered in snow.
Suggested length of visit: An hour.
Timing: 9 AM to 6 PM on all days of the week
Location: Kufri Chail Road, Near Himalayan Nature Park, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, 171012, India
Cost: INR 10 per adult and INR 5 per child.
Distance from Shimla bus stand: Around 6.5 Kms.

50. Hip Hip Hurray Amusement Park

This unique amusement park is located in Kufri at an elevation of 8500 feet above sea level. It offers a range of activities like Burma Bridge, Flying Fox, Rock climbing, Commando Net, Bumping boats, Rowing and Valley crossing etc.

You can also indulge in ice skating, and boat on the snow-laden terrain in winters. If you get hungry by doing all this then there are multi-cuisine restaurants and coffee shop along with some local shops selling Himachali handloom work.

The best part of this amusement park is the telescope which enables incredible views of the valley. It is one of the must-go places to visit in Shimla without any doubt.

Suggested length of visit: at least 3 hours.
Timing: 8:30 AM to 7:30 PM on all days of the week.
Location: 1 KM ahead of Kufri Bazar, Towards Fagu, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171001, India
Cost: INR 100 per person, INR 350 per person including rides,  and 160 per person including Go Karting.
Distance from Shimla bus stand: around 10 Kms.


Best Things To Do

1. Toy Train Ride: Passing through the green hills

Enjoying the Kalka – Shimla toy train ride is, indeed, one of the best things to do in Shimla. The old railway line along the mountains paints a tranquil picture of the place. Watch the other end of the train from your window as the toy-train moves like a snake on the curved tracks. And boy you are lucky if it starts to drizzle! Also, on this route is the famous tunnel no 33, which is one of the 25 most haunted places in India.

2. Shopping at Lakkar Bazar: For The Shopaholics

When the sun reaches the horizon in the evening, Lakkar Bazar is a different sight, altogether. The long stretch of shops on either side offers some of the finest woodwork artefacts. Apart from artefacts, you can also buy winter wears at a very cheap price. It is a good place to pick souvenirs and little gifts for your loved ones.

Don’t miss: Checkout the local handmade shawls and Nehru jackets.

3. Ice skating: Asia’s Only Open-Air Ice Skating Rink

Show off your skills at the open-air ice skating rink is one of the things to do in Shimla during peak winters. The rink attracts thousands of people every year in search of an amazing ice skating experience. The ice is formed by a special technique that the British taught the Garhwali highlanders. The thickly forested hillside keeps it shaded and the low temperatures in winters prevent it from melting.

Timings: 8 am – 11 am and 5 pm – 8 pm; December – March

Cost: INR 100 – INR 200

4. Rafting At Tattapani: Feel The Adventure

Located 50 km from Shimla, Tattapani is simply a heaven for adventure lovers. Nestled on the banks of Satluj, the region is popular for its natural hot water springs, lush green valleys, and one of the finest rafting experiences that attract thousands of tourist every year. A perfect weekend getaway, Tattapani will surely rejuvenate your soul.

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Cost: INR 1,500 per person per ride

5. Chadwick Waterfall: See The Splendid Beauty

Amidst the Glen forest lies the tranquil Chadwick waterfall. Located 7 km from Shimla, the waterfall is an ideal place to start your day with. The combination of aesthetic beauty and a serene environment makes it perfect for catching up on some solitude. And yes, witnessing sunrise at Chadwick fall is one of the best things to do in Shimla if you are a nature lover. The trek to the waterfall itself is extremely peaceful & enthralling.

6. Jakhu Temple: Trek To The Top

At an elevation of 2,455 m above the sea level, the Jakhu Hill is said to be the highest peak in Shimla. Trekking to the top of Jakhu Hill is one of the popular things to do in Shimla. Though it can be tiring on a sunny day, cloudy, windy and rainy days can turn this 2.5 km trek into one of the most enjoyable activities of your trip.

Don’t miss: While climbing, check out the famous colonial architecture of the Rothney Castle.

7. Pine Forests: Take A Walk Amidst The Nature

There are many interesting short hikes from Shimla that take you through the pine forests in and around the city. Some of the beautiful trails lead you to the Glen, the Summer Hill, the Prospect Hill, and the Kamna Devi Temple. Owing to their beauty and the romantic weather, these nature walks are among the best things to do in Shimla for couples.

Don’t miss: Sunsets from the hills.

8. Indian Institute of Advanced Studies: Capture The Beauty

Built by the British, the building was made as a summer retreat for the Indian President. But it was passed on to the nation by Dr. S Radhakrishnan, the then President of India, as an institute to promote advanced studies in arts & humanities. The grand architectural beauty and the soothing surroundings make it one of the popular tourist attractions in Shimla. And the colonial building is perfect for some wonderful camera shots.

Don’t miss: Take a tour to the Viceregal Lodge – formerly the residence of the British Viceroy of India – that houses ancient articles and photographs dating back to the times of the British rule in India.

Timings: 8 am – 6 pm

9. Military Museum At Annandale: Walk Through The History

If arms and ammunition excite you, then you must visit the Army museum located in Annandale. The museum exhibits various guns, uniforms, and the document of India – Pakistan war of 1971.

Don’t miss: The mini-golf course and helipad near the museum

Timings: 10 am – 5 pm

10. Scandal Point: Watch The Beautiful Sunset

Scandal Point, one of the major tourist attractions in Shimla, is a flat platform on the Ridge Road. It offers mesmerising views of the snowcapped mountains and the lush valley. A paradise for photographers and nature lovers, Scandal Point offers splendid spectre of the sunrise and sunset.

Don’t miss: The famous Tudor Library located on Ridge Road, near the Scandal Point

11. Camping: Stay Amidst The Woods

Apart from the lavish hotels, camping is another adventurous thing to do in Shimla. Resting amidst the nature’s finest setup’s, this gives a truly different experience. Since this hill station is also an abode for many trekking expeditions, trekkers can find some great spots to set up camp and spend the night amidst the woods.

Famous Camping Sites: RedWood Camp, Mashobra Greens, Kheerganga Camping Company

12. River Rafting: Sail Across The Crystal Clear Water

For the adventure junkies out there, River Rafting is one of the most adventurous things to do in Shimla. The free-flowing rivers in this queens of hills makes the ideal condition to this exciting water sports. The river Sutlej which flows near the city is the common place for river rafting in Shimla. The most popular river rafting places carries out from Chabba to Tattapani which is stretched across a region of 12Kms and takes at least 2 hours to finish.

Best Time To Visit: March-June

13. Paragliding: Take A Dive In The Sky

Glide across the crystal blue skies by experiencing paragliding in Shimla. Often called the ‘queen of hills’, Shimla is blessed with the finest natural landscapes which makes a perfect place to take a dive in the sky. The best place to experience Paragliding in Shimla is Kangra Valley which is located at a distance of 233 Kms and 6 hours to reach.

Best Time To Visit: March-June

14. Cycling: A Relaxing Ride

Take a break from the hustle-bustle of city life and enjoy cycling around the water catchment wildlife sanctuary which will be perfect pick for a lazy day. While the place is quite famous because of being a home to wildlife, this place is also a great location to go cycling without any worry.

Location: Kufri, East of Shimla

15. Kuthar Fort: Blend Of Architectural And Nature’s Beauty

Resting in the Himalayas eternally beautiful landscapes, Kuthar Fort is one of the best places to visit in Shimla to enjoy the historical charm of the hill station. The fort is spread across an area of 52.8 square kilometres and surrounded by an exotic pool and beautiful gardens. Apart from a blissful set-up, the fort also boasts a fresh water springs and sectors which were built around 800 years ago.

Location: State Highway 9 Kishangarh, Kuthar, Himachal Pradesh 173206
Best Time To Visit: Any time of the year


Best Places To Eat

Best Cafes In A Shimla For A Delicious Meal

1. Cafe Sol, Hotel Combermere

Specializing in continental food, Cafe Sol is one of the flagship cafes in Shimla that cater to the people who enjoy international cuisine. Bright interiors, peppy atmosphere, and a pleasant fragrance liven up the mood of visitors for a memorable culinary experience.

Address: Opposite Tourism Lift, Mall Rd, The Mall, Shimla
Hours: 10 am to 11 pm (all days)
Must try: Greek salad and Lemon Cheesecake

2. The Devicos Restaurant & Bar

The Devicos is one of the few popular cafes in Shimla that offer the entire range of cuisine right from Indian, Chinese, and even Continental. Mostly renowned for its night time ambiance, Devicos brings the party atmosphere right to the heart of Shimla.

Address: 5, Mall Rd, The Mall, Shimla
Hours: 10 am to 11 pm (all days)

3. The Restaurant, The Oberoi Cecil

Upscale dining in Shimla has always been at the forefront since the time of the Britishers. That tradition has proudly carried on for more than a century to a time where now, the international cuisine has been revolutionized and its know-how has been spread out to the far reaches.

The Restaurant has a wide-ranging menu that offers traditional food of Shimla, international cuisine, and an impressive wine collection.

Address: Chaura Maidan Road, Shimla
Hours: 10 am to 11 pm (all days)

4. Indian Coffee House

Indian Coffee House is an iconic eatery in Shimla that recently came into news after Prime Minister Modi paid a visit to the cafe for a quick bite and a cuppa while on his trip to Himachal. Not a bad advertisement for the cafe if the nation’s Prime Minister has been visiting the place for more than 2 decades.

Out of all the cafes in Shimla, here is the place where you would expect to find the locals converging to talk about the daily news with a newspaper and a cup of coffee.

Address: Mall Rd, Ram Bazar, Shimla
Hours: 10 am to 8:30 pm (all days)

5. Ashiana & Goofa

A popular restaurant in the lower bazaar area of Shimla, Ashiana & Goofa is a good place to taste Shimla food. The restaurant enjoys a prime location that is smack in the middle of the tourist hub. For an overall experience, the staff is friendly, food is tasty, and the price range is very affordable for the services that are offered.

Address: Ridge, The Mall, Shimla
Hours: 8 am to 10 pm (all days)

6. Honey Hut

One of the unique cafes in Shimla- Honey Hut is an eco-friendly project started by a group of entrepreneurs that add a touch of honey to their products that they sell. With an option of indoor and outdoor seating, the cafe has recently picked up a lot of accolades and has become popular with the younger generation in Shimla.

Address: 70, Khadi Bhawan, Mall Rd, The Mall, Shimla
Hours: 9 am to 10 pm (all days)

7. Wake and Bake Cafe

A cafe with a view of the bustling Mall Road, Wake and Bake is a two-story eatery that offers a wide variety of food both Indian and continental. Known for its hearty breakfasts and finely brewed coffee, travelers will definitely not mind coming here multiple times during one visit to Shimla.

Address: 34/1, Mall Rd, The Mall, Shimla
Hours: 9:30 am to 10pm

8. Cafe Simla Times

Out of all the cafes in Shimla, this one takes the prize for being the most creative and stylish restaurant. For a cafe that has been less than 2 years into its inception, Cafe Simla Times has picked up rave reviews and a lot of good publicity with its excellent food, good service, and delightful ambiance.

Address: The Mall, Adjacent to Hotel Willow Banks, Shimla
Hours: 12:30 pm to 10:30 pm

9. Eighteen71

Another one of the fresh cafes in Shimla that has only been established last year, Eighteen71 is a delightful dining experience that offers all kinds of cuisine mainly curated to cater the younger and more exuberant travelers visiting Shimla. Travelers would appreciate this cafe for the effort that the cook takes in preparing a delectable dish more than anything.

Address: Hotel Willow Banks Shimla, Near Tourism Lift, Mall Road, Shimla
Hours: 8 am to 10:30 pm

10. Himachali Rasoi

As funny as it may sound, being in Shimla and finding local cuisine can be a very tough ask for a traveler. With the popularization and promotion of international themed cafes in Shimla, the local food took the back seat and slowly vanished from the visible area.

This makes the effort of a revival of the Himachali cuisine all the more necessary and impressive made by the Himachali Rasoi. A welcome change for travelers who have probably seen enough of cafes in Shimla that carry an international taste palate.

Address: 54, Middle Bazar, Near Shiv Temple, Baljees Stairs, Shimla
Hours: 12 noon to 9:30 pm

Street Food

Strolling along the streets of Shimla, it is imperative that one runs into numerous stalls and tiny shops serving fresh, hot food. In fact, the food from the streets of Shimla is as colourful as the city itself. Here’s a list of the best street food outlets across this much-sought-after tourist town.

Sitaram and Sons

A visit to Shimla isn’t complete without trying the amazing Chola bhatura at the small but popular eating joint famously known as Sitaram and Sons. Being run presently by the sixth generation of the same family, the food at Sitaram’s is delectable and astonishingly cheap. Chola bhatura and Channa Tikka are among the most famous dishes here (priced at Rs. 35!).The Chola (chickpea curry) is mildly spiced, bringing out the inherent flavour of the dish. The Bhatura – a popular, deep-fried bread – is soft and melt-in-your-mouth. The tikkis are crisp and the fresh, green pudina chutney adds colour, character and flavour to the dish. Both the chola bhatura and the tikkis are served with raw onions and a dash of lemon. This age-old eatery has its fans among the locals – even those who have shifted away have it on their must-do list every trip back home.

Note: If you don’t find a seating position for yourself within this eatery, you can always sit across the street on the benches provided there.

Must have: Chana bhatura

Also try: Aloo tikki

Rattan Jee Channewala

Distinguishable by his green tin boxes with paper cones pouching out from the bins, Rattan Jee Channewala can be spotted easily on Ridge, the Mall sitting comfortably under the shade of an old tree. His bins contain mixtures like wafers, peanuts and chana press. He sells them in creatively prepared cones that one can carry and enjoy while on a stroll. This small stall has been in Shimla for the last three decades now. For local Shimlaites, this stall is no less than an essential landmark of the town.

Note: In the movie “3 Idiots”, observe the scene where a peanut cone vendor on the Mall in Shimla guides Rancho’s two best friends towards his house.

Must have: Peanut cone

Also try: Channa cone

Mahendra Pal Stall

Mahendra Pal Stall, another of Shimla’s legendary age-old eateries, started operating in 1948. The stall stands tall at a place known as Takka bench, below the famous Gandhi Statue on the Ridge. Hikers climbing up to the Jakhu Temple usually pause here for a short chaat break before continuing on with their expedition.Fruit chaat is what the stall is most famous for. Fresh, seasonal, chopped fruits are tossed with a flavorsome chutney and chaat spices resulting in a juicy, crunchy, peppy treat. The roasted jeera powder and black salt are especially effective in boosting the naturally rich flavour and aroma of the fruits. Interestingly, the chaat at this stall can be consumed throughout the year; in winters, the spicy flavors make for an enjoyable dish while the juicy, fresh fruits are invigorating during the summer months.

Note: There are a lot of monkeys in the area so be careful while eating.

Must have: Fruit chaat

Also try: Gol gappa

Prem Chaat Shop

This eatery is so popular that the stairs leading to the place are known has Chole vali pauriya. Contrary to its name, which suggests that it is a chaat joint, Prem Chaat Shop is a must-visit eatery for aloo tikki with chole and for chola bhatura. The cholas (chickpeas) served here are spicy, tangy and served hot. The aloo tikkis have a flavourful filling of peas & paneer or chana dal. The tikkis are served straight off the sizzling pan, dunked in chole drizzled with two types of chutneys – sweet tamarind and green mint and coriander chutney. The bhaturas are soft and puffy.

Note: There are a few eateries serving the same menu here, but make sure you stop by at Prem Chat only.

Must have: Aloo tikki

Also try: Chola bhatura

Krishna Baker’s

One of the oldest bakery shops in Shimla, Krishna Baker’s offers the best chicken buns in town. Morsels of soft, well-cooked chicken stuffed in a dry roasted bun make for an excellent treat. A vegetarian version of the bun is available as well. The chicken bun here always contains a piece of raw onion, tomato and a large cabbage leaf, making it close to a burger and adding hugely to the overall appeal of the snack. The CheeseburgersDry potato patties, and Kathi rolls are other good dishes to try.

Note: The best way to enjoy treats from Krishna Bakers is to get them packed and eat them at home.

Must have: Chicken roll

Also try: Cheese burger

Tibetan Food Corner

A must visit eatery in Shimla, the Tibetan food corner is extremely famous for Kurkeys – a dish that isn’t served anywhere else in the entire country. Kurkeys is a mixture of puffed flour with various minced vegetables. A serving of crispy Kurkeys (consists of six long puffs) is best enjoyed with rich, creamy mayonnaise.

Note: The red chutney can be a bit spicy. If so, try the Kurkeys with mayonnaise instead of the chilly chutney.

Must have: Kurkeys

Also try: Spring roll wrappers

Mehru Halwai

Mehru Halwai is one of the oldest and most popular halwais in Shimla. The Raj Kachoriserved here is extremely popular and attracts large crowds. Crisp on the outside, it is stuffed with mashed potatoes, moth sprouts, slightly sweet curd and spices. Finally flavoured with tamarind chutney and garnished with generous amounts of sev and aloo bhujiya, it makes for a perfectly irresistible chaat treat. They also serve other light snacks.

Note: Freshly prepared desi ghee sweets are also a specialty.

Must have: Raj kachori

Also try: Samosa and channa

Nav Bahar Gol Gappa

Located right outside St. Bede’s College, Nav Bahar is a popular student hub. The tangy gol gappas (pani puri) prepared here are a favourite among students but it’s quite common to see international tourists queuing up as well. Since this lies on NH 22, many bikers and tourists make a halt to savour these hygienically prepared gol gappas.Note: The stall lies on NH 22 and thus there’s quite some traffic around it.Must have: Gol gappaAlso try: Stuffed Kulcha

Himkiran Pappi da Dhaba

Famously known as “Pappijee’s”, Himkiran Pappi da Dhaba opened around 1975. The Dhaba walls bear pictures of famous personalities who have visited ever since its commencement. Their Paneer pakoras (chunks of cottage cheese with an outer layer of besan that are deep fried) are especially recommended though the eatery serves all sorts of pakoras from spinach to onions, cauliflower, potatoes and even chillies. The Noodle samosa is also exceptional. A plate of Paneer pakoras and Noodle samosa with some hot ginger chai is a perfect way to spend an evening in Shimla.

Note: Initially there was just one Pappijee’s Dhaba but now two brothers have opened two different eateries just next to each other. Both serve good food.

Must have: Paneer pakora

Also try: Noodle samosa


Best Places To Stay

Shimla is one of the top destinations in India that enfolds countless number of hotels and lodges that ensure guests a comfortable stay in a peaceful surrounding. Shimla has few five star hotels, but many three star hotels, Govt. houses, private guest houses, and homestays, which offer affordable staying option to the guests. The hotels and lodges, most of them built in Victorian style, are surrounded by placid mountain lakes, snowy hills, and green alpine meadows that double the fun of tourists and make their holidays in Shimla memorable. Here are some the hotels where you can stay and enjoy the glimpse of nature closely.

1. The Oberoi Cecil Shimla

The Oberoi Cecil is a downtown hotel in the beautiful city of Shimla which is the gateway to magnificent Himalayas. Built in colonial styling, the hotel is an ideal base to explore the Himalayan ranges, stunning valleys, ancient monasteries and cedar forests. Located in the close proximity of prime attractions of Shimla such as Summer Hill, Jakhu temple, the famous Mall and ice skating ring, the hotel is the foremost choice of guests. This five-star property offers recreation facilities like fitness centre, temperature controlled indoor swimming pool, spa, billiard room and activity centre.

Guests can enjoy tea sitting in front of fire at the on-site Tea Lounge and Bar. Also, The Oberoi’s restaurant offers various European and Asian specialties to pamper your taste buds. Intimate private dining allows you to take pleasure in local Himachali, pan-Indian and international cuisines along with a complimentary bottle of wine, exquisite chocolates and Honeymoon gift.

Hotel Facilities

  • Pool
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Suites
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Paid Wi-Fi
  • Paid Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi )
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly )
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Laundry Service
  • Concierge
  • Banquet Room
  • Self-Serve Laundry
  • Babysitting
  • Wheelchair access
  • Three multi-cuisine restaurants

Nearby Tourist Attractions

The Mall (2.5 Km), the Viceregal Lodge (2 Km), Tattapani / Shiv Goofa (56 Km), Sankat Mochan (7 Km), Jakhoo Hill (4 Km), Kufri (18 Km), Mashobra (14 Km), Chail (45 Km), Naldehra Golf Course (22 Km), Narkanda (64 Km), Taradevi (20 Km)

2. Radisson Hotel

Nestled in the lap of nature on the foot of the north-west Himalayas, Radisson Hotel is a 5 star plush property in Shimla. Featuring 59 well appointed rooms overlooking beautiful mountains, magnificent valleys and widespread greenery, the hotel offers you a memorable stay on your holidays in Shimla. With world class amenities such as on-site spa, complimentary high-speed Internet access, a multi level outdoor pool, steam room, a fitness centre and gourmet dining options, the hotel offers you unrivaled comfort and luxury. The hotel also offers best services to its business as well as leisure patrons for a wonderful staying experience.

Hotel Facilities

  • Wheelchair Access
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Hot Tub
  • Suites
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi )
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • Free Parking
  • Room Service
  • Free Breakfast
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Laundry Service
  • Banquet Room
  • Self-Serve Laundry
  • Babysitting

Nearby Tourist Attractions

the Mall (2.3 Km), Jakhu Temple (2.8 Km approx.), St Mary’s Church, (approx. 3 Km), Summer Hill (approx. 6 Km), Woodville (7 Km approx.), Town Hall (approx. 3 Km), Shimla State Museum (approx. 3 Km) and Christ Church (approx. 3 Km), Kufri (13 Km approx.)

3. Hotel Willow Banks

Illustrating an era of glorious living, Hotel Willow Banks is offering a luxurious stay to its patrons with amicable amenities and impeccable services. Established in 1871 and renovated recently, the hotel effortlessly mixes into surrounding landscape with its splendor. The hotel is located on the legendary mall road and enjoys the togetherness of various prime tourist attractions such as Ladies Park, Gunj Mandir, Indira Gandhi Sports Complex. The hotel takes care of convenience of guests by offering them basic facilities like laundry, travel desk, doctor-on-call, and car parking.

For recreation, guests can also enjoy gymnasium, billiards table, pool table, beauty salon and spa. On site restaurant Cafe Willows offers a range of delectable dishes. Rooftop Fiesta Food Court gives you an opportunity to enjoy bonfire and barbeque dishes.

Hotel Facilities

  • Wheelchair Access
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Coffee shop
  • Hairdryers
  • Power back up
  • Postal services
  • Parking
  • Suites
  • Family Rooms
  • Free Internet
  • Public Wi-Fi
  • Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi )
  • Room Service
  • Children Activities ( Kid/Family Friendly )
  • Airport Transportation
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Laundry Service

Nearby Tourist Attractions

The Mall (2.5 Km approx.), Shimla State Museum (2.6 Km approx.), Christ Church (500 meters approx.), Jakhoo Hill (2 Km approx.), Chadwick Falls (10 Km approx.), Lakkad Bazaar (1.5 km approx.), Mashoba (22 km approx.)

4. Toshali Royal View

One of the premiere hotels in Shimla, Toshali Royal View is known for its impeccable services and genial hospitality. Well equipped with contemporary amenities, the hotel is ideal for corporate as well as leisure travellers. The hotel offers business facilities such as conference hall, business centre, fax etc which will turn business gatherings into a memorable experience. With cosiest accommodation and delicious food, the hotel is the prime choice of guests. Guests can also enjoy the exotic drinks at the on-site bar to make maximum out of their vacations. Basic facilities offered by the hotel include laundry, room service, currency exchange, parking, wake up services, indoor games etc.

Hotel Facilities

  • Traditional express check-in/check-out
  • Multi cuisine restaurant
  • Bar
  • Laundry
  • Room service
  • Satellite TV
  • Currency exchange
  • Guest relations desk
  • Wake-up service
  • Resort parking
  • Fax, mail & photocopies
  • Internet access
  • Sightseeing tours
  • Children recreation room
  • Doctor on call
  • City centre & airport transfers on request
  • Table tennis
  • Valley view
  • Snow peak view
  • Business centre
  • Outdoor sun-deck
  • Deck view
  • Sauna/steam bath
  • Pool table
  • Domestic & international trunk service
  • Car rental
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Tours & travel packages
  • Banquet facilities
  • Secretarial service
  • Massage
  • Workout room
  • Indoor/Outdoor games
  • Safe Deposits
  • Wedding/Marriage Arrangements

Nearby Tourist Attractions

the Mall (24 Km approx.), Shimla state museum (1.3 Km), Jakhu Temple, St Mary’s Church, Summer Hill, Town Hall, Christ Church, Kufri tourist spot

5. The Apple Blossom

Earlier known as Peach Blossom, the Apple Blossom offers guests an opportunity to enjoy the nature’s magnificence at a shoe string budget. A perfect amalgamation of natural beauty and modern amenities, the Apple Blossom is committed to provide guests a comfortable stay to make their holidays memorable. One can enjoy the kaleidoscopic views of landscapes immersed in a film of mist. The hotel offers facilities like laundry, parking, workout room, medical assistance, safe deposit etc. For rejuvenation, guests can enjoy ayurvedic rejuvenation therapies. Also, take pleasure in the finest exotic drinks at the on-site bar at the hotel.

The hotel also features a restaurant that serves delicious Indian, Chinese and Continental dishes.

Hotel Facilities

  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • Laundry Service
  • Ayurvedic Rejuvenation Therapy Services
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Doctor on call
  • Airport Transportation
  • Round the clock front desk
  • Newspaper
  • Car rental
  • Postal Service
  • Safe Deposit
  • Courier
  • Power Backup
  • Door Assistance
  • Conference Hall
  • Housekeeping
  • Bar serving Indian and Foreign Liquor
  • MasterCard / Visa / American Express Credit Cards accepted
  • Beauty Parlor
  • Pastry Shop

Nearby Tourist Attractions

Kufri Tourist Spot (4 Km), The legendary Mall Road (20 Km approx.), The Ridge (20 Km approx.), The Christ Church, Kali Bari Temple, Jakhu Hanuman Temple, Sankat Mochan, State Museum, Institute of Advanced Studies, Chail tourist spot (27 Km).

6. Honeymoon Inn

Characterized by comfort, convenience and top class amenities, Honeymoon Inn Shimla is committed to serve its guests in the best possible manner. The hotel rooms offer views of deodar forests and lush green valley which make your stay more pleasurable. The hotel is well acclaimed for rendering genial hospitality and impeccable services to its patrons. Honeymoon Inn offers basic facilities such as laundry, power back-up, parking, front desk etc. Guests can enjoy the heavenly ambiance and breath-in fresh mountain air with a stay at this hotel.

Also enjoy the scrumptious dishes prepared at the on-site restaurant at the hotel while enjoying the views of nature.

Hotel Facilities

  • Restaurant
  • Suites
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi )
  • Room Service
  • Laundry
  • Postal services
  • Power back-up
  • Children Activities ( Kid/Family Friendly )
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • Meeting Rooms

Nearby Tourist Attractions

The Mall (1 Km), the Viceregal Lodge (2 Km), Sankat Mochan (7 Km), Jakhoo Hill (4 Km), Kufri (18 Km), Mashobra (14 Km), Chail (43 Km), Naldehra Golf Course (22 Km), Narkanda (64 Km), Taradevi (20 Km), the State Museum (10 Km)

7. Sunrise Villa

Located at a quaint location in the lap of the nature, Sunrise Villa is a perfect accommodation option for ones who are on a holiday to the beautiful hill station of Shimla. With a stay at this hotel, guests can enjoy ultra modern amenities in the calm and peaceful environment in the suburbs of Shimla. Hotel rooms offer splendid views of snow clad Himalayan Mountains, mystic Chail and scenic natural beauty. The hotel offers basic amenities such as taxi services, laundry, car parking, travel desk and medical assistance etc for the convenience of guests. Hotel also arranges sightseeing tours for nature lovers who are willing to explore Shimla.

Guests can also take pleasure in the home cooked vegetarian dishes in the valley facing dining room.

Hotel Facilities

  • Taxi Services
  • Laundry
  • Car parking
  • Doctor on call
  • Pickup and drop Services both local and outstation
  • Round the clock front desk
  • Coffee Shop
  • Postal Service
  • Smoking rooms available
  • Safe Deposit
  • Courier
  • Valley facing dining room
  • Travel Desk
  • Wheelchair access
  • Restaurant
  • Banquet halls
  • Power Backup
  • Room Service
  • Door Assistance
  • Housekeeping
  • Newspaper

Nearby Tourist Attractions

Tara Devi temple (4.5 Km), Sankat Mochan Temple (6 Km), Army Museum, Jakhoo Temple, the Mall Road, Kali Bari temple, Kufri, the Ridge

8. Hotel Rock Sea

Nestled on a mountainside, the Hotel Rock Sea is a beautifully structured hotel in Shimla. The hotel is committed to provide you a truly comfortable stay through its world-class amenities and well-trained cordial staff. The hotel is a perfect merger of mesmerizing natural beauty and contemporary amenities. Be it a business trip, an outing with friends or a tour with family, Hotel Rock Sea is there for you when you visit Shimla. The on-site restaurant takes the responsibility of pleasing your taste buds with delectable cuisines.

The hotel also offers basic facilities such as front desk, laundry, medical assistance, parking etc.

Hotel Facilities

  • Laundry
  • Car parking
  • Doctor on call
  • Airport Transportation
  • Round the clock front desk
  • Postal Service
  • Safe Deposit
  • Courier
  • Restaurant
  • Power Backup
  • Room Service
  • Door Assistance
  • Housekeeping
  • Newspaper

Nearby Tourist Attractions

Kufri Tourist Spot (12 Km approx.), the Mall Road, The Ridge, The Christ Church (approx. 2 Km), Kali Bari Temple, Jakhu Hanuman Temple (2 Km approx.), Sankat Mochan, State Museum.

9. Hotel Himland East

An ideal choice for business as well as leisure travelers, Hotel Himland East is part of Hotel Himland- first drive-in hotel in Shimla. Away from the hustle-bustle of city, the hotel offers a peaceful and comfortable stay thanks to its well-trained staff and contemporary amenities. The hotel enjoys the close proximity of the Mall road where guests can enjoy the sightseeing to add charm to their evenings. Also, the hotel features a bar well stocked with the finest of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

Guests can also enjoy delicious meals in terrace garden restaurant.

Basic facilities at the hotel include laundry, medical assistance, parking, conference hall, front desk etc.

Hotel Facilities

  • Laundry and Dry Cleaning Service
  • Spacious parking
  • Multi cuisine Restaurant
  • Medical assistance
  • A well stocked Bar
  • Conference Hall
  • Terrace Garden Resturant
  • CCTV surveillance
  • Housekeeping
  • Postal service
  • Power backup
  • Front desk
  • Wake up service
  • Newspaper
  • Transportation services
  • Posh reception -cum-lounge

Nearby Tourist Attractions

the Ridge (3 Km approx.), the Mall (3 Km approx.), St Mary’s Church, (approx. 3 Km), Summer Hill (approx. 6 Km), Woodville (7 Km approx.), Town Hall (approx. 3 Km), Shimla State Museum (approx. 3 Km) and Christ Church (approx. 3 Km), Kufri (13 Km approx.)

10. Hotel Sukh Sagar

Located in the close proximity of the Mall road in the beautiful hill station Shimla, Hotel Sukh Sagar offers you a convenient stay exceeding your expectations. With picturesque lush greenery all around, the hotel is the prime choice of travelers visiting Shimla. The hotel offers basic facilities such as laundry, parking, medical assistance, front desk, courier etc. that make the stay comfortable. Food lovers can enjoy delicate cuisines at the on-site restaurant. You can enjoy beautiful views of magnificent hills, teak forests and beautiful valleys from your rooms in the hotel. Impeccable services and cordial hospitality by the hotel makes you feel like that you are staying in your own home.

All the amenities and services at the hotel can be availed at exceptionally affordable tariffs.

Hotel Facilities

  • Laundry
  • Car parking
  • Doctor on call
  • Airport Transportation
  • Round the clock front desk
  • Postal Service
  • Safe Deposit
  • Courier
  • Restaurant
  • Power Backup
  • Room Service
  • Door Assistance
  • Housekeeping
  • Newspaper
  • Video games

Nearby Tourist Attractions

Kufri Tourist Spot (13 Km approx.), The legendary Mall Road (15 minutes walking distance), The Ridge, The Christ Church, Kali Bari Temple, Jakhu Hanuman Temple, Sankat Mochan, State Museum, Institute of Advanced Studies.

Top Resorts In Shimla

From the spoiling choice of resorts that Shimla offers, we bring the cream to you. Glance at our recommendations and pick your choice right away.

1. Wildflower Resort

Nestled on the Shimla-Kufri Highway, Wildflower is one of the best resorts in Shimla, belonging to the Oberoi Family. Perched on a hill top, the resort offers a stunning view of the surrounding; especially the lofty snow-clad mountains and plush green valleys. Amid an ambiance of complete tranquility and solemn joy, Wildflower is picture perfect retreat and a piece of paradise for nature lovers and is popular as one of the luxury resorts in Shimla. One can cherish the surrounding natural splendor or relax and rejuvenate the mind and soul at the in house spa or indulge in rafting, cycling or yoga.

What’s special: The luxury dining at The Restaurant, The Cavalry Bar and Lutyens Hall. The hotel also organizes special open-air dinner. Outdoor infinity whirlpool, indoor chandelier lit pool, well-equipped gym and relaxing massage therapies has together made it one of the superb honeymoon resorts in Shimla.

Suggested suite: Lord Kitchener Suite for that luxury feeling!

Tariff: INR 24,000 onwards, per night

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2. East Bourne Resorts

East Bourne is surrounded by lofty mountains and picturesque valley. This is one of the popular resorts in Shimla and offers a perfect retreat for family holidays as well as honeymoon trips. The interiors are sophisticated and offer absolute convenience and comfort to all the guests. All the categories of rooms are well appointed and provide modern facilities and services.

What’s special: Akasa Spa, indoor heated swimming pool for soothing comfort and well-appointed health and fitness room

Suggested suite: Family Suite

Tariff: The resort offers holiday packages starting INR 23,000 for two nights and three days for 2 PAX. The package includes stay plus breakfast and dinner. For more details, one needs to go to the hotel website.

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3. British Resort

British Resort in Shimla is known for its heritage, tradition, superb hospitality and alluring location. The dignified interior décor, elegant Scottish and British architecture and modern amenities has made the resort hot favourite amongst travellers. It is one of the popular resorts in Shimla near Mall Road and seamlessly combines modern day facilities and traditional ambience that reflects old world charm. Located in close proximity to Shimla Ridge, Annandale Golf course and Glen Waterfalls, this resort is a perfect holiday getaway for all.

What’s special: Tea Lounge, Library Bar with exclusive collections of cigars, pipes, wine and books, open air restaurant and Ayurvedic rejuvenating spa.

Suggested suite: British Royal Suite to feel the colonial charm

Tariff: INR 9,800 onwards, per night

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4. Havens Resort

This is one of the beautiful resorts in Shimla and is located at an altitude of 6400 feet, over sprawling 6 acres of land, encircled by cedar, rhododendron and pine forests. The resort offers utmost luxury and comfort to the guests and the surrounding view is amazing and alluring. Havens – one of best resorts in Shimla is located in proximity to ISBT and railway station (toy train) of Shimla and is a perfect place for complete leisure and rejuvenation.

What’s special: Fun and thrilling games like rock climbing, Burma bridge crossing, river valley crossing, jummaring, commando net and waterfall rappelling. These are organised by the resort and works best if you are travelling in a group.

Suggested suite: Presidential Suite for amazing valley view

Tariff: INR 6,450 onwards, per night

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5. Snow Valley Resorts

Snow Valley is one of the luxury resorts in Shimla that offers most amazing view of mighty Himalayas, plush green pine forests and Shimla town. The elegant decor, remarkable hospitality, alluring location at Ghora Chowki and overall serenity pull travelers round the year. It boasts of 72 well-appointed rooms with all modern amenities. Attractive interiors, wooden floors and plush furnishing make the rooms vibrant and appealing. Snow Valley is one of the best option among all the resorts in Shimla near Mall Road.

What’s special: Multi-cuisine in house restaurant offering large varieties of various cuisines, peaceful location and subtle but elegant decor.

Suggested suite: Ultra-luxurious Executive Rooms for breathtaking view and lavish living experience.

Tariff: INR 5,500 onwards, per night

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6. Kamna Hill Resort

One of the finest resorts in Shimla includes Kamna Hill Resort, which is calmly located amid the lush mountains of Shimla. The traditional Himachal wooden and stone architecture of this resort will instantly make you fall in love with it. There are varieties of rooms like premium and deluxe to choose from.

What’s special: Popular tourist places, such as The Viceregal Lodge, Chadwick Falls, Himachal State Museum, and Jakhoo temple.
Suggested suite: The deluxe room with breathtaking views
Tariff: INR 3,000
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7. Marigold Sarovar Portico

Every nature lover’s paradise, Marigold Sarovar Portico is located in the serene hill station of Shimla. The 47 luxury rooms and an array of restaurants within the resort make it a perfect abode. The resort also has a spa, a fitness room, and undoubtedly a gorgous view from each room.

What’s special: The easily accessible location. Craignano and Glen: the two brilliant in-house restaurants.
Suggested suite: Pick any room. They all have world-class services and facilities with incredible views.
Tariff: INR 4,000
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8. Woodsmoke Resort and Spa

Situated at a height of 6200 ft, Woodsmoke Resort & Spa is among the best resorts in Shimla. The winding trails and a walk through the thick forests take you to this awesome abode. From foggy mornings to sunny days, the location of this resort will give your all the pleasures of this world. Offering spa services, fine dining, and a health club, this resort makes a perfect place to stay in Shimla.

What’s special: The fine dining experience and the views
Suggested suite: The deluxe suite
Tariff: INR 4,500
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9. Club Mahindra Mashobra

If you are looking for 5 star resorts in Shimla, Club Mahindra will give you an impeccable experience. Enjoy the picturesque views of verdant valleys right from your window and pamper yourself with excellent service and luxury amenities. Whether you are taking a trip to Shimla with your friends or family, this place is definitely one of the best ones to spend a relaxing weekend in the woods.

What’s special: Spa and colonial style rooms with old rustic charm
Suggested suite: Pick a valley facing room
Tariff: INR 5,600 onwards per night
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10. Woodville Palace

Do you fancy living in the former residence of a king? If yes, then you should head to Woodville Palace which is one of the best resorts in Shimla near mall road . Located right in the vicinity, it makes sightseeing in the town easier for you. The rustic architecture of the resort will provide you with an unforgettable experience. Do not forget to check out the vintage bar called The Hollywood ‘30s which houses autographs from famous Hollywood stars of that time during your stay here.

What’s special: Its bar The Hollywood 30s
Suggested suite: Royal Suite
Tariff: INR 7,000 onwards
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11. Zurich Resort

One of the best nature resorts near Shimla, Zurich Resort offers you 360 degrees expanses of lush green valleys and snow-capped mountain. Located on a hilltop, this is where you can stay to disconnect from the world and connect with nature. Hear the birds chirping, meditate in the salubrious environ, and rejuvenate your senses.

What’s special: Nature activites at no extra cost
Suggested suite: Pick any of its24 well-furnished rooms
Tariff: INR 3,00 onwards
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12. Willow Banks Resort

What makes Willo Banks Resort one of the best resorts in Shimla for honeymoon is that it is a blend of luxury and affordability. Find all luxurious amenities in the resort right under your budget. The heritage property comes equipped with all the modern facilities you could think of and the staff is courteous too.

What’s special: Cookhouse & Bar, Spa
Suggested suite: Premium Suite
Tariff: INR 6,000 onwards
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13. Agyaat vass Resort

As the name suggests, Agyaat Vaas Resort offers the kind of solitude bliss you seek from your Shimla vacation along with the breathtaking views of the mountains. If you are a kind of person who takes getaway too seriously, then this place is absolutely apt for you. No one will ever be able to disturb you. It is just you and nature. To your surprise, you will find all kinds of amenities in the well-furnished rooms. The place is located near Hatu Peak in Narkand and offers unprecedented views of nature.

What’s special: divine experience along with nature activities
Suggested suite: Elite room
Tariff: INR 4,000 onwards
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14. Radisson Shimla

You know you can trust the services and experience offered when it comes to Radisson. Enjoy a comfortable and luxurious stay at one of those valley-facing rooms. Have a fine-dining experience at its world-class restaurant or just relax in the lounge. There is even a spa and wellness center where you can seek rejuvenation of senses after a healing massage.

What’s special: Spa, Outdoor dining
Suggested suite: Deluxe Suites
Tariff: INR 9,000 onwards
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15. Koti Resort

If you are looking for resorts in Shimla for wedding, then you can choose to make arrangements at Koti Resort. The place has an indoor swimming pool, massage parlor, spa and wellness center, and a lavish garden. Plus, it is a great budget destination to host all your wedding functions. Look forward to having all your wedding functions in the picturesque backdrop of mountains and lush green surroundings.

What’s special: Golf Course, Destination Wedding
Suggested suite: Premium Rooms
Tariff: INR 5,000 onwards
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Shopping In Shimla

The Mall Road

It is like the heart of Shimla that is packed with an array of shops, offering items of different varieties. You can amazingly enjoy your shopping spree by purchasing a range of items. The shops of this place offer almost every type of items ranging from woolen items to dry fruits. You can not only shop at various shops here but also get an opportunity of tasting delicious foods, drink coffee, juices to get rid of your fatigue. You can also visit the church in this region.

The Mall Road is an important shopping destination and a vital commercial center of Shimla. You will be amazed to view the diverse collection of colorful caps of Kinnaur and Kullu, rugs, carpets, pashmina shawls along with their mirror and embroidery work. These are some of the iconic products of Shimla. You can choose your favorites from here whether its Himachali caps, souvenirs, sweaters, gloves, woolen shawls or woolen socks etc.

You must not skip this place during your Shimla visit. Vehicles are not allowed at this place; therefore, you can have a comfortable and enjoyable shopping experience without any traffic chaos.

Lakkar Bazaar

It is a well-known market of Shimla, famous for its dry fruits and wooden items. An incredible collection of wooden items can be found at this particular place which is popular all over India. You can purchase different souvenirs for decorating your living room or for gifting purpose. All of the items signify the hard work and efficiency of the regional artists. Select your preferred items from the long list of wooden toys, wooden sticks, flower vases, candle stands, kitchen pots, small idols, Key-chains, spoons etc. You can opt for fresh fruits, such as cherry, plum, peach, mang etc as well from this market. If you have a sweet tooth, you will also get to relish delicious yet cheap sweets here. Lakkar Bazaar is also popular for the availability of locally made carpets and shawls.

Lower Bazaar

It is another mind-blowing shopping location, popular for its number of lanes. Every lane has numerous shops. You must explore the entire area to enjoy its uniqueness. Frequent Shimla visitors just love this place. Lower Bazaar is specifically popular for its handicrafts and wooden items. It also offers colorful and enchanting earthen pots along with numerous pottery items, gloves, shawls, woolen socks and carved wooden sticks. Other specialties of this place are fresh dry fruits and rare to find medicinal herbs.

The Tibetan Market

The bargain lovers should definitely stop by this place without compromising on the quality. It is a wonderful shopping destination. Tibetan carpets and rugs, woolen clothes, mufflers, padded jackets, sweaters, scarves along with other Tibetan accessories like leather boots, silver jewelry, and bags are available here. You can choose curios, antiques, Feng-Shui items etc from this place. Its colorful appearance and liveliness will freshen up your mind.

Ram Bazar 

This is another famous place for people who love shopping – mainly clothing, artifacts or foods, then you must visit this market. You will find some authentic and magnanimous Souvenirs here. It is a crowded place, where everyone is busy with bargaining. Fresh products are its specialty.

Himachal Emporium

You can buy different handicrafts items at affordable prices from this place. Situated at the famous Mall Road, it offers woollens, jewelry, and pottery items. All of these products are locally designed. You can go for the spectacular Kinnauri shawls, Kangra silks, and lots more Himachal souvenirs.

Middle Bazaar

Middle Bazar has a number of general stores and street food stalls and is a great place to stroll through if you are done with the other markets. The easiest way to slip into Middle Bazaar is a flight of stairs from the turn at Baljee’s Restaurant on the main Mall Road.

Minchy’s

Do you love to taste different varieties of jams? Then, this place is just for you. It offers a good variety of jams as well as other preservatives. This specific place is rich in different fruits also. Minchy’s process them into high quality and delicious gourmet products. Various stalls offer their products all over the Delhi-Shimla highway.


Travel Agents

1. TravelDilSe.com

Address: A 202, Mayuresh Park Tulip, Lake Road, Bhandup (West), Mumbai, 400078, India

2. RegularTrip

Address: 401, 4th Floor Aggarwal Chamber No 4, 27 Veer Savarkar block Shakarpur Delhi -110092, Delhi, 110092, India

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